Drivers travelling through the upgraded O’Herns Road and High Street intersection in Epping will now benefit from new overhead street lights which have been switched on today.

Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny visited the site of the new intersection to switch on the street lighting on one of the final pieces of the first stage of the O’Herns Road Upgrade.

Major construction on the new intersection was completed in February – replacing the roundabout with traffic lights.  These lights can also be controlled by the neighbouring CFA branch in times of emergency.

The new intersection has eased congestion and boosted traffic flow for the 30,000 drivers travelling through here every day, while also improving access to dozens of businesses in the area.

More drivers can now safely pass through the intersection during green lights, reducing queue lengths and giving drivers better access to the Hume Freeway.

Minor works are continuing at the new intersection with the traffic lights soon to be connected to mains power, as well as minor landscaping works to beautify the area.

Planning is well advanced for the second stage of the O’Herns Road Upgrade which is set to begin in mid-2019 subject to environmental approvals.

The second stage of the upgrade will add new lanes in each direction between the Hume Freeway and Redding Rise, and create a full diamond interchange to provide drivers direct access from O’Herns Road to the Hume Freeway.

Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny

“Melbourne’s north is one of the fastest growing regions in the country, and the completion of the first stage of the O’Herns Road Upgrade is a vital improvement this government has delivered.”

“These new overhead lights will ensure that drivers making their way through the new intersection of O’Herns Road and High Street can do so safely at all times of the day and in any weather conditions.”